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    How much should BIM cost.

    All - I know very little about BIM and I run a small design practice. We have recently been looking at expansion of our company (only 3 of us at present) to take on larger scale projects. We are now finding that BIM is a a requirement. We are in the process of looking at training for our team - getting in new staff (that are already trained etc.) but we know this is going to take time and we have 2 projects that we want to tender on but have no idea on where to start with pricing.

    How do others tender BIM projects? I can see there are many options to calculate a tender:

    1. % of the project costs we put a lump sum on the BIM works.
    2. Time and resource - we make a detailed calculation of how much time the project will take and then assign resources/cost loading's against a program.
    3. Price per sq.m for Struct, Arch, Facade, MEP - with areas taken we can apply a value/rate and get a price. Then again the project type may make a value differ or complexity.

    Our concerns are we will get it ll wrong and the costs will either be too high and we loose the job or too low and we end up losing money. Can anyone advise? I appreciate that this may be trade secrets for some companies but if anyone could advise it would be greatly appreciated or if there are any publications that are defining costs for BIM and the stages etc. if anyone know of any and can point us in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance if anyone can help.

    James.

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    First I would hire aleast one person who has extensive knowledge of Revit

    Task that person with creating a template that you would use on all of your jobs going forward (this is not a small task and also very important)

    Templates have all of your company standards in them so when you start the project you should use that newly created template file.


    Second No matter how much training you get there will always be something that you will run into that training does not cover. I would get training to get the basics down and some training in the family editor ( the family editor is an important part of Revit).
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    First I would hire aleast one person who has extensive knowledge of Revit

    Task that person with creating a template that you would use on all of your jobs going forward (this is not a small task and also very important)

    Templates have all of your company standards in them so when you start the project you should use that newly created template file.


    Second No matter how much training you get there will always be something that you will run into that training does not cover. I would get training to get the basics down and some training in the family editor ( not sure what type of work you do structural, MEP, architectual).


    Third you have to start some where (dont try to make revit work like auto-cad it is not auto-cad)

    Pricing as far as design calculations those should be the same. I would also start your budget with the same amount of drafting hours you normally have even if you dont make that on your first revit job (you most likely wont). When you get through the learning curve things will take the same amount of time or even less.

    General rule there are less tasks in revit but those task take longer to produce a set of plans

    In Autocad there are more steps to produce plans but those task are shorter
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    My best bet is you won't be able to charge more for using BIM. It's a requirement from the owner, sure, but your competition has likely already absorbed the costs and are charging "normal" fees for the work. Unless you are HIGHLY sought after, you can really only charge with the market will bear... and the market has already borne the costs of the transitition. Rest assured that Revit can, not will, pay for itself once you get things established. That return will be much quicker with someone at the helm who knows what they're doing.
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